For three days next week, CBS is abandoning its standard evening news format to examine in-depth the war in Afghanistan. The project comes at a difficult time for overseas news coverage.
Felix Gilette writes:
In recent years, the big three networks have all been gradually dismantling their traditional foreign bureaus and testing out new models Read More
“We’re not doing it for ratings,” said Sean McManus.
It was the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 25, and Mr. McManus, the president of CBS News and Sports, was on the phone with The Observer talking about an upcoming, multi-day initiative at CBS News, which will focus on the state of the war in Afghanistan. Read More
Bill Clinton stood on stage at Avery Fisher Hall in Manhattan’s Lincoln Center and gazed out over the expansive auditorium. Not too long ago, Mr. Clinton told the audience, Walter Cronkite had extended a great act of kindness to his family. It was the summer of 1998. The Monica Lewinsky scandal was at a fever Read More
Don Hewitt, one of the early pioneers of broadcast journalism, died today at the age of 86.
Mr. Hewitt, who spent more than a half century at CBS News, helped create 60 Minutes, and worked extensively with the late Walter Cronkite, who recently passed away.
Earlier this year, Mr. Hewitt had been diagnosed with Read More
CBS News executives announced today that they have hired Mandy Clark, a former video journalist for Voice of America News, as the network’s digital journalist to be stationed in Afghanistan.
Back in April, we wrote about various news organizations shifting their resources overseas from Baghdad to Afghanistan. At the time, Paul Friedman, a senior Read More
After a hiatus of several months, Dan Rather was back in court yesterday in Lower Manhattan, as part of his ongoing $70 million suit against his former employers at CBS.
To date, both sides are still awaiting a ruling from an appeals court about the future of the case. But in the meantime, Justice Read More
On Monday morning, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was en route to Egypt.
Over the next several days, Mr. Gates, according to the Associated Press, will be on a “delicate mission” to “reassure long-term U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf region that efforts by Washington to reach out to Iran will Read More
Here at The Observer, we love a good TV- news-anchor- dance- mash-up.
Last year, we marveled at Torrey Meeks’ hilarious Bill O’Reilly Flips Out—Dance Remix. Today, we got hooked on another brilliant contribution to the genre, Michael Gregory’s new video, Auto-Tune the News #2: pirates, drugs, gay marriage. (Also Read More
Not long ago, Richard Engel, the chief foreign correspondent for NBC News, was working on a story in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan. One day, he hiked for 45 minutes up a mountain. On the top of the hill, he found a tiny guard tower, looking over into Pakistan, where a few U.S. Read More
With advertising revenue in freefall and hiring freezes creeping through the TV news industry, it’s not everyday that we hear of a network actually adding a staffer. But on Tuesday, we heard of three new hires.
The hiring boomlet made for an unusually cheerful day in NYTV’s inbox.